|Improv:21 - Informance with Oliver Lake = Passin' Thru - ROVA:Arts|
Oliver Lake gives a crash course in his personal history and writing for many bands and performance situations. Derk Richardson interviewed the composer and sax player at San Francisco’s Thick House in October, 2005. [This is ROVA: Arts un-edited camera footage.]
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Oliver Lake; Derk Richardson; Interview and Music
|Improv:21 Carla Kihlstedt=Liberating Limits (an informance with Kihlstedt and Derk Richardson) - Rova:Arts|
On September 14, 2005, Derk Richardson interviewed singer/violinist/composer Carla Kihlstedt at The Thick House in San Francisco. Kihlstedt studied music at Oberlin where her interests expanded from the classical repertoire to more improvisational and avant-garde music. In 1997 she co-founded the group Tin Hat Trio with Rob Burger and Mark Orton, and has also played with 2 Foot Yard and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum...
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Free Improvisation; Interview and Music; Carla Kihlstedt
|Improv:21 with Rova Saxophone Quartet|
Derk Richardson interviews members of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet at San Francisco’s Mission Cultural Center on June 5, 2005. They discuss the relationships of imagery to sound including the use of graphic notation in spontaneous compositions, as well as using film imagery to guide an improvisation. Konrad Steiner talks about the experimental films of Stan Brakhage, which have been used by members of ROVA as inspiration for some of their works...
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Free Improvisation; Jazz; Interview and Music
|Improv:21 Gino Robair = I Norton, an improv opera - ROVA: Arts|
Composer/percussionist/improviser Gino Robair gathers an improv-orchestra of 40 Bay Area improvisers to help him demonstrate his music and methods for his opera in progress called: I Norton Derk Richardson interviewed Robair at 21 Grand gallery in Oakland, on February 1, 2006. (This is Rova:Arts un-edited camera footage.)
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Free Improvisation; Interview and Music; Gino Robair
|Improv:21-Solo Performance - the Composer - Performers focal point: An Informance with Ned Rothenberg - ROVA:Arts|
Derk Richardson interviews New York based, master-saxophonist, Ned Rothenberg, who composes and performs on saxophones, clarinets, flute, and shakuhachi (an end blown Japanese bamboo flute). He has been internationally acclaimed for his solo music, which he has presented for the past 25 years in hundreds of concerts throughout North and South America, Europe, and Japan. In this Improv:21 event, recorded on February 15, 2006 at 21 Grand in Oakland, CA, Ned compares the dynamics of solo improvisin...
Keywords: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music; Jazz; Free Improvisation; Ned Rothenberg
|Improv:21 = Playing the Wild: An Informance with Cheryl Leonard - ROVA:Arts|
Moderator Derk Richarson facilitates a session with composer Cheryl Leonard, who talks about her work utilizing materials from nature as musical instruments, and performs several excerpts from longer pieces with her own chamber ensemble. Amplifying everything from pine cones, pieces of driftwood, rock, sand, water, and other natural objects, Leonard composes works that are surprisingly textured and full of unusual rhythms...
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Avant-Garde; Unconventional Instruments; Interview and Music; Cheryl Leonard
|Improv 21: The Chair the Fact: An Informance with Ben Goldberg - ROVA:Arts|
Derk Richardson interviews Berkeley based composer and clarinetist, Ben Goldberg, on October 30, 2006 at the San Francisco Performance Library, as part of the Improv:21 series sponsored by ROVA Arts. Originally from Denver Colorado, Goldberg moved to California to study at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he received his undergraduate degree before also obtaining a Master of Arts in Composition from Mills College...
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Free Improvisation; Interview and Music; Free Improvisation; Jazz; Ben Goldberg
|Improv:21 Derk Richardson interviews Nels Cline - ROVA:Arts|
Derk Richardson interviews Los Angeles based guitarist/improviser Nels Cline at the Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco on March, 26, 2005. Cline talks about his early influences, including John Coltrane, Ravi Shankar, Jimi Hendrix, and Miles Davis. As a guitar player, Cline discusses the difficulties he had in incorporating the instrument into jazz music, and his gradual discovery about the similarities between the sound of Coltrane’s tenor sax and his guitar playing...
Keywords: ROVA; Nels Cline; Improv:21; Interview and Music; Free Improvisation; Jazz
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|Improv:21 - Plants Make Music!: An Informance with Miya Masaoka - ROVA:Arts|
Derk Richardson interviews Japanese-American koto player, composer, and performance artist Miya Masaoka during a live informance recorded on March 8, 2006 at the 21 Grand in Oakland Ca., After an aborted attempt to get the technology to work for her “Pieces for Plants”, in which electrodes pick up voltages from a number of plants, which are then used to trigger musical events, Masaoka instead performs an improvisation for koto and electronics...
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Miya Masaoka; Derk Richardson; Interview and Music; Free Improvisation; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Improv:21 Derk Richardson interviews Composer-Improviser Fred Frith - ROVA:Arts|
Larry Ochs of ROVA (Rova Saxophone Quartet) introduces an insightful interview of composer/improviser Fred Frith by Derk Richardson, conducted at the Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco on January 30, 2005. Frith discusses the role of improvisation in his music and the recording techniques he has used in the music studio to capture and manipulate those improvisations. He also describes his use of graphic scores, his work improvising film soundtracks, and the various tricks he has developed to...
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Interview and Music; Free Improvisation; Jazz; Fred Frith
|Improv 21: = Q + A: An Informance with John Zorn - ROVA:Arts|
Taking questions directly from the audience and extrapolating from there, composer, saxophonist, Tzadik record label owner, and MacArthur Fellow John Zorn, talks about his work and the avant-garde music scene as he sees it. Joined by moderator Larry Ochs of the ROVA Saxopone Quartet and percussionist William Winant, Zorn discusses a number of topics including the use of texts in musical compositions; the influence of Judaism on his music; the process of composing 300 tunes in a matter of months;...
Keywords: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Free Improvisation; John Zorn
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